September 19th, 2008
01:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Protesters interrupt Obama

CNN

Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral Gables, Florida Friday was interrupted by a group of about 10 African-American protesters holding signs that called themselves, "Blacks Against Obama."

The signs said Obama was for gay marriage and abortion, and said his candidacy was "endorsed by the KKK." Another sign said, "Jesse Jackson hates Obama."

Obama originally said the protesters could stay inside the event, but they were escorted out when they would not stop shouting.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. John

    Now if we try to point out John Mccain and his campaign behind this....the republicans will call obama a liar and what not.....

    September 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    Let's see, 10 Afrian Americans against Obama, that should have cost the Repubs about $500.

    September 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Wayne

    Why would blacks be against Obama? Only 1.5% of the GOP delegations were black compared to 24% at the DNC. Republicans do NOT represent black people at all.

    September 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Greg, Indiana

    About time someone interrrupted Obama!

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. A. Little

    Did anyone interview the protesting people? I want to see it and hear what they have to say! Get it together CNN....lets see it?

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. will ny

    psss CNN where are Sarah Palin's tax returns???

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. J from DC

    Looks like a fake out to me. Must be a republican scam. Certainly not creditable. I would stake my mother’s house on it.

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Dwayne - Florida

    Wonder how much they were paid by the GOP seeing McSame has been bombarded in the past few weeks with protesters. What better distraction than to pay 10 African American's to go protest....

    CNN why don't you report on the protesters at McCain's rallys? I guess there wasn't enough juicy negative comments like..."KKK", "Jesse Jackson hates Obama", "Blacks Against Obama"......

    The GOP doesn't need to bring RACE to the forefront when CNN is making RACE an issue....

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. unbelievable

    These few brainwashed people lack the education and strong minds to think for themselves as opposed to believing what people tell them.

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. R

    I wonder how much the RNC paid them?

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    LOL.............. THESE PEOPLE ARE OBVIOUSLY BEING PAID..........

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. RH

    Bizarre.

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. brian

    Idiots

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Republicans probably gave them one hundred dollars each to pull
    off this stupid deed. This shows that blacks are for Obama, they could
    only get 10 sellouts.

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Bev

    This is just silly. There is no evidence that the KKK has endorsed Obama (look it up on Factcheck.com) and Jesse Jackson was never heard to say in public that he HATES Barack...disagrees with him at times...but not hates. This looks more like the right-wing repubs trying to spread the most vicious lies in order to win this election. Shame on you!

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. MLK

    Am I dreaming?

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    Another GOP slime tactic.....

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Kevin

    There voices were heard. They had their moment. Now let's move on.

    Obama 08

    September 19, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. value

    THESE FOOLS ARE UNEDUCATED AND STUPID. WHY DONT THEY VOTE FOR MCCAIN AND IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT SEE WHAT THEY GET. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SURELY FAILED THEM WITH THERE IGNORANT WAYS.

    OBAMA........08

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Hear No Evil

    The best part about this was how professional Barak handled it. Kudos!!

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. sammy

    It's kind of odd that 10 BLACK guys in Miami FL, would protest against Obama. Doesnt make sense. Whats funny is that James Baker in the 2004 Elections actually Hired protesters in Florida to stand in the street against AL Gore. It's so transparent and clearly obvious that is the work of republicans

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Who cares says the Black Woman?

    OK so what is their platform? Just that they're black and don't like Barack? Who cares! If they had an issue to stand on, it would be respected, but this is just plain stupid!

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. oh wow...

    I saw that...I don not really understand what that all really means and why...but all I do know is that there is ALOT of hate in world and Obama truly inspires me to be better person and better American!

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Darrel from Denver

    No surprise here. Republicans taking an opportunity to make their voices heard. No big deal.

    Good on Obama for allowing them their say.

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Kevin - IN

    * Paid for by the Republican National Convention.

    September 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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